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Unveiling the new CGM Media Centre

By Chris Green | Chris Green Media

This week we are unveiling our brand new Media Centre in Worcester. We believe this is the first dedicated media training centre to open in the Midlands – which we’re billing as YOUR media training centre in the heart of England. Why? Because although we’re pleased and proud to open our own centre, it is all about the people who will use it to develop ideas, inspiration and motivation and the new skills they’ll learn to transform their careers and businesses that really matters. We’re not just geographically in the heart of England – but in the beating heart of the Midlands Engine and the UK’s manufacturing heartland. Rather than stand back and admire the swagger of cities like Manchester,...

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Skills and the Labour Market of Birmingham

By Professor Anne Green | City-REDI, University of Birmingham

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide academic insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 7: Skills & Labour Market of the Birmingham Economic Review, which can be found here. You can read the...

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Who’s in your small business team?

By Clare Whalley | Meta4 Coaching and Training Solutions Ltd

Every small business owner needs a team around them. However small you believe your business to be; ‘Nothing ever great was accomplished alone’, so said Reinhold Niebuhr. Becoming an ‘expert’ at skim reading? It may be you are experiencing little time to focus on developing your small business and if you did you wouldn’t be confident you could service their needs due to busyness. You are starting to skim read important emails, client interactions, and not responding as you would like to, or know you should be, dropping the ball and generally not treat your clients to the high level of service you originally set your high standards to. Carrying on in this vein will start to mean you feel like...

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£14 billion productivity and skills gap in the region

By Suzie Branch | BMet

  This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide industry insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 7: Skills & Labour Market of the Birmingham Economic Review, which can be found here. You can read the...

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Just how many people use social media in the UK?

By Mike Raybone | AIM Internet Ltd

As a business owner, you might be wondering why even entertaining that question is important to you. I admit, it’s not immediately obvious. But allow me to implore you to stop for a minute and take in that in January 2017 the number of active social media users in the UK was 42 million, or 64% of the population. Yes, that’s correct - 64% of the UK population actively use social media. As a business owner, that’s a figure you can’t afford to ignore! It will come as no surprise to you to hear that social media has taken the world by storm. But did you realise by just how much? The above figure puts it into some sort of perspective. Consequently, social media has also taken the business world...

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Key Sectors of Birmingham

By Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés | City-REDI, University of Birmingham

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide academic insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 5: Key Sectors of the Birmingham Economic Review, which can be found here. You can read the full report...

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The journey of a judgment

By HCE | HCE

For claimants, being awarded judgment may feel like the end of a long journey. And it will be if the debtor pays the full amount awarded. But if no payment is received, the claimant must decide whether to take enforcement action.  In terms of commercial debt, the options include: Enforcement by a High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) – the focus of this article Enforcement by a County Court bailiff (CCB) Third party debt order Winding up petition HCEOs are only paid on results. They work outside standard working hours and at the weekend, which can make for better results. The claimant can choose an HCEO themselves or also ask Registry Trust to allocate them one. Once instructed,...

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How to avoid a freightful forwarder

By Paul Hull | KMB Shipping Group

With over 1500 freight forwarders in the UK, you may find yourself spoilt for choice when choosing who to trust your cargo with. At KMB, we’ve put together a few tips to help make the journey as smooth as possible. Proven Track Record In the freight forwarding industry the length of time a company has been trading is a good indication of their success. As with any business, happy customers equal repeat customers, so if a freight forwarder has been around for decades rather than months, chances are they know what they’re doing. SUITABLE INSURANCE You wouldn’t go abroad yourself without insurance, so why risk sending your goods abroad without it? Ensure the freight forwarder you select has...

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How Cadbury is addressing the skills gap in the food and drink sector

By Glenn Caton, | Mondelez International

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide industry insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 5: Key Sectors of the Birmingham Economic Review, which can be found here. You can read the full report...

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Overview of driver inductions

By George Beech | A2B Radio Cars

Whether a driver is new to the taxi industry or an experienced private hire driver, A2B Radio Cars offer an internal induction process to ensure its drivers are aware of the company’s policies, procedures and high standards, delivered through an excellent training programme. A2B Radio Cars have a dedicated Driver Liaison Team who are trained to ensure drivers inducted not only meet the company stringent standards, but also to improve a drivers level of job satisfaction and in turn their financial gain. Should a driver wish to join the company, a thorough vehicle inspection will be carried out to ensure that a driver’s vehicle meets the company’s standards in both presentation and safety. All...

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